AKA The Death Collector
Run time 89 min.Producer William N. PanzerProduction Company First American FilmsAudio/Visual sound, colorContact Information www.k-otic.com
After being away for a couple of years, Jerry Bolanti (Joseph Cortese) is back in his tough, North Jersey neighborhood, close to swampy meadowlands where bodies get pulled from the trunks of cars and dumped.
He's short on cash, so a local boss, Anthony Iadavia (Lou Criscuolo), throws him some work - as a collector and a holdup man.
But Jerry's cocky and a hothead, so he makes enemies faster than he can deliver on the jobs.
Whatever bag or case of cash he touches doesn't seem to make it back to Iadavia. But Jerry's resilient and persistent, so he just may get his revenge as well as a chance to go caravan camping with his girl.
August 24, 2011
This blow-dried, double-knit polyester 70s warm-up for GoodFellas and The Sopranos was most likely inspired by Martin Scorsese's early hit Mean Streets (1973). It even features a couple of later Scorsese regulars - future Oscar winner (for GoodFellas) Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent, both playing a couple of local hoods. Has a bit of B movie charm, replete with gratuitous F-bombs and topless dancers and was most likely one of the last of the B drive-in exploitation features before the multiplexes replaced the drive-ins. Worth a look.